BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (PRESS RELEASE) - The UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team was unable to pull off back-to-back upsets, falling to fourth ranked Hope College 71-64 Saturday evening, ending their run in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Flying Dutch were able to jump out of the gates with a 9-2 run just 3:22 into the game before the Pointers could find a spark on offense. Andrea Flease hit a jumper which brought Hope's lead down to one but they were then able to put together another 10-2 run pushing their lead back up to19-10.
Josi Schultz helped ignite a Pointer run, scoring a layup with 2:44 left in the first half and cut the deficit from nine to two at half.
In the first half Britta Peterson kept the Pointers a float, hitting all seven attempts from the field, scoring 14 points while also grabbing six rebounds.
Flease gave the Pointers their first lead since the opening minutes when she drilled a jumper with 15:33 remaining in the half. Liz Ellis was able to hit a jumper while being fouled, putting the Flying Dutch up five with time running out for the Pointers.
The Pointers played tough defense and with 3:18 left in the game Britta Peterson made a layup to make it a one point game at 61-60 in favor of Hope.
The Flying Dutch then went on a 10-4 run in the remaining minutes of the game to give them the victory with a score of 71-64.
Peterson led all scorers with 30, hitting 15-of-17 shots from the field and also grabbed eight rebounds. Cassie Bandow was the only other Pointer in double-figures with 13.
Hope was led by Carrie Snikkers posted a double -double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Erika Bruinsma and Liz Ellis helped with 10 for the Flying Dutch.
UW-Stevens Point finished their season with a 24-7 record.